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Vietnam’s Textile Industry Combats Pandemic With PPE Switch

The pandemic triggered a surge in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) from the manufacturing sector in Vietnam. And the orders that flowed in from around the world helped to buoy the country’s important garment-making industry with many manufacturers rejigging their facilities to produce PPE. Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and trade said there are more… Continue reading Vietnam’s Textile Industry Combats Pandemic With PPE Switch

Bangladesh Manufacturer Brings His Plight to World Leaders

“I don’t represent only a small manufacturer in Bangladesh,” he said, “but rather the manufacturing sector across the world—the problems are the same. I am not targeting retailers either, they too are suffering. But while so many services are being kept alive—airlines, airports, supermarkets, the retailers should get some benefit.” “Things are not okay in… Continue reading Bangladesh Manufacturer Brings His Plight to World Leaders

One Of America’s Best Manufacturers Is This Japanese Zipper Maker

A strong piece of evidence in support of the many current calls to reshore American manufacturing is the tremendous performance by the many thousands of existing producers already working here. I already knew one such standout U.S. manufacturer: Carhartt, the maker of working apparel, which I wrote about recently. As a result of that article,… Continue reading One Of America’s Best Manufacturers Is This Japanese Zipper Maker

Workers Locked Out of Thai Factory That ‘Permanently Closed’ Without Notice

A factory in Thailand that made intimate apparel for companies such as Ann Taylor owner Ascena Group, Torrid, Triumph and Victoria’s Secret permanently shuttered without notice earlier this month, locking out 1,388 workers and leaving them without owed wages, bonuses and severance pay, labor rights advocates reported Tuesday. IndustriALL Global Union, whose affiliates represent more…… Continue reading Workers Locked Out of Thai Factory That ‘Permanently Closed’ Without Notice

Unions on Myanmar Sanctions: ‘Choke Off Access’ for Junta’s ‘Inner Circle’

Two leading union federations released the names of 23 potential “proxies” Friday that they say should face financial sanctions because of close ties with the Myanmar military, which seized power from civilian leaders in a Feb. 1 coup that has mired the Southeast Asian nation in spiraling violence and bloodshed. “These people are being used…… Continue reading Unions on Myanmar Sanctions: ‘Choke Off Access’ for Junta’s ‘Inner Circle’

Upstream Focus: NCTO’s Kim Glas on PPE, Domestic Production & Trade Policy

Upstream Focus is Sourcing Journal’s series of conversations with suppliers, associations and sourcing professionals to get their insights on the state of sourcing, innovations in manufacturing and how to improve operations. In this Q&A, Kim Glas, president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), discusses the U.S. textile industry’s pivot to PPE… Continue reading Upstream Focus: NCTO’s Kim Glas on PPE, Domestic Production & Trade Policy

Can the Denim Industry Patch Up Partnerships Damaged in the Pandemic?

No one was prepared for a pandemic. And in some ways, the fashion industry was particularly ill-equipped for contagion to sweep in, shutter stores, stop consumers from shopping and effectively freeze the daily happenings of the industry that outfits the world. Related Articles Without precedent for a calamity of this scale and without an existing… Continue reading Can the Denim Industry Patch Up Partnerships Damaged in the Pandemic?

10 Cents Per T-Shirt: Cost of Lifting Garment Workers From Starvation to Survival?

Labor-rights groups want brands like Amazon, Next and Nike to “fix their broken industry” and provide immediate cash relief to ensure that the workers who make their clothes survive the Covid-19 crisis. The 200 endorsing organizations, which include Anti-Slavery International, the Clean Clothes Campaign, Fashion Revolution, Remake and the Worker Rights Consortium, established on Monday…… Continue reading 10 Cents Per T-Shirt: Cost of Lifting Garment Workers From Starvation to Survival?

Saitex Is Finding Creative Uses for Textile Waste

Eileen Fisher. Everlane. Madewell. G-Star Raw. If a sustainability-minded brand makes jeans, chances are it’s working with Saitex. The only B Corp-certified apparel manufacturer in Asia, the Vietnam-based factory produces an average of 18,000 pairs of jeans every day. But while denim production is a notoriously polluting process, Saitex has blazed a different, eco-friendlier path….… Continue reading Saitex Is Finding Creative Uses for Textile Waste

Nece Gene Does Circular Denim with High-Fashion Design

March 17, 2021 7:37AM ET Partnership As the denim industry makes a push away from linear and wasteful models and toward circular solutions, much of the focus has been on recycling material into new textiles. But Indian label Nece Gene is taking a different approach to reusing excess denim. Related Articles Nece Gene founder Neha… Continue reading Nece Gene Does Circular Denim with High-Fashion Design